... to carbon cameras- if you’ve found yourself here, you’re probably a member of a very small (but growing) group of people interested in large format film photography. The site covers the design of the cameras (in particular, the new ULF system represented by the C1117 prototype) as well as the pictures produced by them; perhaps the only question not covered in detail is - why? Why large format, or Ultra Large Format? Perhaps the answer can be found in the print, the only thing that can justify this choice of equipment.
The camera is only one constituent of the semantics of the print, but it’s a vital one. Using a big camera is not an easy option; there must be a payoff in what you can achieve with it. I would really like for others to get a chance to use the camera, but it’s a difficult discipline, and preconceptions formed by experiences gained with smaller cameras are difficult to overcome. As with any picture, the results will be dependent on the subject, the light, the composition, and the presentation, and if you’re lucky, you’ll elicit some kind of response from a viewer- I suppose that’s part of the reason people take photographs, whether for themselves or others.
I’ve spent so long on the design and making of the cameras that it’s fair to say I’ve neglected photography and darkroom time. Now that I have a working Ultra Large Format camera, I’m very tempted to move on to the next one, and the next one after that. Perfection may be impossible to achieve, but every time something is improved, you move one step closer. However, making pictures with this new camera is now an imperative. I hope you bookmark the site, or subscribe to the blog, or the other sharing options, where I’ll announce any updates or new pictures. Thank you for visiting- joseph burns December 2013